Addicted to Soda

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Notice the Acid enamel erosion!

Whoa, hard to believe! But the consumption of soda can cause similar damage like the illegal use of drugs such as methamphetamines or crack cocaine.   The tooth erosion can occur from the acid found in soda.  According to the study conducted by the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, researchers found the same type and severity of damage from tooth erosion in each of the participants.

Obviously, in order to have the same effect, a significant amount of soda has to be consumed.  Nonetheless, the effects are similar and need to be conscious of.

And our recommendation to patients is minimize the intake of soda and consume more water.  If you can’t stop drinking soda, don’t brush immediately afterwards because you could damage your teeth enamel.  Rather chew xylitol based sugarless gums or rinse with water to remove the acid agents left behind by soda.

If we can be of help, don’t hesitate to contact us for your complimentary consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Chamblee Dentist: Red or White Wine?

wineAfter a long day, a glass of wine may just be what’s in order, especially since so many studies have proven it to be so good for us.  Well, white wines just can’t catch a break.  Once again, white wine turns out to be a lot worse for teeth.[1]  However, it’s not the alcohol in the wine that bad for your teeth, but the acidity of the wine.  Apparently, the acid content of white wines like Chardonnay or Riesling destroys tooth enamel much faster than reds like Cabernet. The study recommends white wine drinkers munch on cheese, which supplies calcium to counteract the wine’s effect.  Essentially, consuming wine with food means the saliva you produce as you chew helps to neutralize its acidity and limits its erosive potential.   Therefore, you need to leave some time before brushing teeth to give the enamel a chance to recover from the acid attack or chew xylitol gum to make the enamel less susceptible to being brushed away.

Now red, with all its great antioxidant benefits doesn’t get off the hook.  The red wines can stain your teeth.  And according to the Mayo Clinic, research studies regarding the benefits of red wine in preventing heart disease have had mixed results. The evidence still isn’t clear whether red wine has more heart benefits than white wine or even beer.[2]

Whether you choose to drink red wine or white may just be a matter of preference.   And while there may be benefits to drinking wine, you should do so in moderation.[3] The risks of drinking too much of any alcoholic beverage can easily outweigh the good.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] http://www.newser.com/story/72188/white-wine-hurts-the-choppers.html , according to a German study of human teeth soaked in various kinds of wine.

[3] The Mayo Clinic states that moderation is defined as two drinks per day for men and one drink for women.